Spring landscaping tips

Wondering what is the best way to prep your yard for the upcoming Spring & Summer seasons?  And what to do when?   Here are tips that Art, a URI Master Gardener, shared with us for prepping your yard this time of year.

• Transplant trees & shrubs – late March & early April are perfect months for this.  As soon as the soil is workable, but before buds have swelled or broken open, you can move the shrubs & trees.
• Prune evergreens – March, April & May are ideal for this.
• Fertilize shrubs & trees.
• Remove all that winter mulch from your flower beds.
• Roses – prune & feed them now!
• Divide & transplant summer blooming perennials such as daylilies, delphiniums, irises, chrysanthemums, daises and phlox.  Fertilize established ones as soon as new growth appears.
• Cut back ornamental grasses & let the sun get to the new growth.
• Enrich your soil – Some well-rotted manure, processed manure, peat moss or compost are good additives for building compost humus in the soil.
• Forsythias should be blooming shortly – Prune them after they finish flowering.
• Plant summer flowering bulbs – April is the month to plant dahlias, gladiolas & lilies.
• Veggie time – Now is the time to plant perennial vegetables like asparagus, rhubarb, horseradish, etc.  The first weekend of April is the time to plant carrots, beets, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, peas, etc.   Warmer weather crops like tomatoes, squash cucumbers, peppers, beans & corn shouldn’t be planted until after the 15th of May.

Do you love roses? Here are a couple of tips specifically for that beautiful flower from Mike and Angie Chute of Rose Solutions:

• Dormant roses – roses that show no signs of springtime growth — can be transplanted anytime the ground is not frozen.
• Roses that have left dormancy – bushes that show signs of springtime growth, (foliage) — are best planted “when the forsythia booms.” Blooming forsythia indicates that the soil temperature (55F) has risen to the point that promotes plant growth.